The idea for this novel was good it's the way it is carried out that is a problem.The parallel story lines opened the story to a lot of repetition which quickly bothered me as I listened to this audiobook.The writer Kathrine Howe is also overdescribes when it really isn't necessary . I didn't really like the lead character Connie either . She was as other reviewers have wrote is dumb for a PHD candiate. For me honestly there were no characters that I cared about .It made it hard for me to get through the book.The author did a through job of researching the history of the witch trails that you can hear throughout the only really interesting story of the colonial witches.The endings for both stories were somewhat predictable. Overall this book is just okay ,nothing too exciting or mentally demanding.
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Enjoyed the story. It proves that books can be good without descriptive violence. As witch books go it is one of the best. I would love to read more books by this author that are bound to be better than a 1st book.
I enjoyed this book and hearing about the history surrounding the Salem Witch trials. This was an easy book to follow and so was a good book to carry along while I did other things.
The historical part of the story was well written and provided an interesting take on the Salem Witch Trials. However, the characters and events in the modern day part of the story were VERY contrived, making the whole story a little silly, in my opinion. That being said, the book served its purpose as a fun diversion on a seemingly endless summer driving trip.
It started out a little slow but picked up towards the end. Although unfortunately it was predictable towards the end. I usually don't enjoy witches and spells but this wasn't over done with some well written historical scenes mixed in.
I didn't care for the music at the start of each chapter. The narrator also made all the characters share the same tones of emotion to their voice, which made it hard to get a compete picture of each individual. (some of that could also be the writing ) Its a cool story but lacks strong characters with the only exception being the main antagonist.
I had to keep listening. I love historical fiction and this has a great story line with and interesting historic event. The story line was predictable, but fun anyway.
Starts off interestingly enough and some of the historical flash backs are okay, but the modern day "love story" and the villian Advisor made this book extremely difficult to finish. I had to force myself to do it. Any wonder the author was working on her PhD when she wrote this and made the Faculty Advisor the "bad guy".